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  2. I bought the Lotus Esprit marine: http://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/topic/67297-esprit-submarine-anybody/ I am trying to get it shipped to the southeastern US--Atlanta, Georgia. It could come into any port on the southeastern US coast. The least expensive and most secure method is to share a container with another vehicle. I realize I can send it ro ro (roll on roll off) where it is simply pushed on and strapped down on the deck. I am afraid that the motor and other unique things may be stolen or the entire vehicle itself, given the way it looks. Mine is already at the port in South Hampton. The contact I have at Kingstown Shipping doesn't have anything on the horizon to share a container. Does anyone need to ship a vehicle--car or boat to the southeastern US? Can anyone supply me with contacts for other UK export companies that I might check with as well? Of course I can google places, but I would like to know they are legitimate.
  3. Here's one for a little more. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lotus-Esprit-Fins-Retractable-Wheels-LOTUS-ESPRIT-SUMBMARINE-CAR-FROM-77-JAMES-BOND-SPY-WHO-LOVED-ME-/151364691553?forcerrptr=true&hash=item233e09e661&item=151364691553&pt=US_Cars_Trucks mine actually cruises in the water for $990,000 less.
  4. Nice video about this starts at about 1:30
  5. I am quite excited about it and I made the deal on 07/07 (date on my purchase agreement) exactly 47 years to the day after the movie debuted--07/07/77. It's "relatively" inexpensive as motorized toys go and we all know that he who dies with the most toys wins. if you're not adventurous you may not make it out of this life alive. Oops--that was 37 years to the day after the movie debuted.
  6. Some background on it: http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EOtherstuff/Esprit4theSea.html
  7. As one of the sub shells used in the movie went for almost $1,000,000 USD last year and I don't have a spare $1,000,000 on me, I have opted to buy this to go with my 76 white esprit 104G. At least you can drive this one and it's not just for display. So, I have done the deal and it is headed to Atlanta, Georgia, USA in several weeks. Now it will flotus.
  8. Don't know how you got to this, but click on Ebay at the top left. Then under used, select Lotus and the following comes up: http://motors.shop.ebay.com/Cars-Trucks-/6001/i.html?LH_ItemCondition=2%7C0&_dmpt=US_Cars_Trucks&_flso=0&_mak=Lotus&_mod=-1&_sop=7&_rdc=1
  9. Down the road from The Dragon
  10. 79 Esprit Commemorative Edition No. 002 Mario Andretti Presentation Car
  11. Happy Birthday, Roger! Mine is tomorrow--Dec. 5th Strickland......James Strickland
  12. My 76 Esprit 7606014G. 5th Esprit made. 2nd oldest known to exist. 1st Esprit built in James Bond livery of white/tartan/rhd. 79 Esprit Commemorative Edition No. 002 Presentation car in formal ceremony to Mario Andretti for he and Lotus winning the 78 F1 World Championship. Presented by Colin Chapman to Mario at Jamestown Motors in Long Beach, Ca. before the 79 Long Beach Grand Prix Both cars were present for display at the James Bond Gala and Princess Diana Celebration March 006 in Atlanta.
  13. Bibs,

    Is it possible to get my 76 esprit 76060104G put on the registry? It has been about 3 months since I first contacted you about it and given it is the 2nd earliest known to exist it would seem you would want to list it. I feel like Rodney Dangerfield.

    James

  14. Got the car presentable for a show in Atlanta Next--simply make it run after 20 years. "James"
  15. How do I get to messages?
  16. The car was imported in the early 80s into New York, where the owner performed his triangular-hole-in-the-hood experiments on it. Yes, I got it from Phil Newey. He bought it 3 days earlier from a guy in the area and paid $2,000 for it. This guy bought it from a parts car guy in California who has the early red federal 76 for sale that has been mentioned here before. I offered Phil $4,000, but he wouldn't sell it for less than $7,000--the nice guy that he is. I said ok, as I wasn't going to lose the 5th esprit made over $3,000. I have another $7,000 in it between parts and labor to just make it presentable. It will take another $5,000 to get it running and driving, assuming the engine is ok. Nonetheless, no amount of money can buy another 5th esprit made and First made in the James Bond livery of white/tartan/rhd.
  17. How about this picture of a "G" car? And you thought a "G" car had no curves.
  18. My mechanic spent 3 days removing the pinstriping, sanding the paint and buffing it repeatedly. The black paint along the bottom of the car was painted white. The wheels were polished and ordered new lug nuts. We lifted up the dash console and found green material that had never been exposed to light, so I had a professional interior dye guy redo all the green and match it to that. I also had him redye all the grey on the dash. The new hood came from SJ Sportscars in England, along with new Euro bumpers, front and rear spoiler, waistband trim, power window and choke pod, wheel centers, gas caps, new alloy radiator and fans. The hood came in on Thurs., was painted on Fri., for the show on Sat., 9/12. Nick fulcher made new interior chrome trim for the console, dash, and doors. I bought new orange carpet for the interior and new black carpet for the engine compartment. All of the carpet came in on Fri. My walther ppk replica and submarine replica came in on Fri. We finished the car on Fri. night at midnight and I stayed up until 2:00 a.m Sat morining detailing it. Met the tow truck driver at 5:00 a.m. The total time spent actually working on the car, because we had to wait on parts, was just one week! The car was the center piece for a show. I had been invited to bring my black 79 and some James Bond memorabilia that I have. The organizers had no idea that I had subsequently bought the white 76 and were suprised when I brought it instead. Next mission is to make it run and drive after 20 years! We intend to jump in with both feet and see how fast this can be done as I am anxious to be able to drive the car and take it to other shows. Makes a nice combo with the black 79. So does this model.
  19. 76060104G James Strickland Marietta, Ga. 2ND EARLIEST CHASSIS KNOWN TO EXIST! 5TH Esprit made 1st Esprit in James Bond livery of white/tartan/rhd [attac hment=11330:DSC00571.JPG]
  20. Got the car presentable for a show in Atlanta Next--simply make it run after 20 years. "James"
  21. A few shots of my Commemorative Edition No. 002--Presented to Mario Andretti in a ceremony before the 79 Long Beach Grand Prix by Colin Chapman for Mario and Lotus having won the 78 F1 World Championship. First is the James Bond 007 Gala held March 007 2009 in Atlanta Second is this past week on premier Targa Appalachia driving across mountains of North Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. This shot is late in the day after driving the notorious Tail of the Dragon and the car is parked by Fontana Lake as the mist is rising over it.
  22. AARRGGHH!! My apologies. Just received the paperwork on the car from ups and have a pristine brochure of the white car. date is 10/76. I do see the esprit on the 2nd page, so I yield that 104G must not be the brochure car. It is strange though that 104G has LOTUS and the badge. Perhaps a previous owner added the badge. FIRST thing I plan to do is correct the hood. Either replace it with another or take this one to the body shop. I already have a list of missing parts to try to find. Then I will try to get it running. It shows 34k but I don't think it has run in almost 20 years! I know Nick's work is spectacular as I was parked by Jeff at LOG 29 in Birmingham this year. I don't think I can afford Nick however. Perhaps I can ship the seats to him to be done. Anyway, a nice piece of history for a Lotus nut like me. You know I am a glutton for punishment as I have: 67 europa owned for over 30 years 73 europa jps #93 72 elan +2 79 esprit Commemorative Edition No. 002 (presentation car to Mario Andretti in April 1979) And the only one running is the 79! Interior shot of 104G
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